Congress is trying to cut Medicaid, because freedom! And Big Gummint! And bootstraps! Seriously, Congress can perhaps go after Medicaid a bit more easily than Medicare, since we all aspire to be seniors one day and thus we'll all need Medicare, whereas too many good Americans still look at Medicaid as something Those People get. But we should avoid thinking of Medicaid as something you get and think of it instead as something we give -- we all pay taxes to fund Medicaid, after all, and any one of us might need to use it someday, since too many good Americans are one catastrophe away from becoming one of "those people." Currently nearly 70 million Americans -- that's right, more than one out of every five of us -- use Medicaid, and that number includes children, mothers, folks with disabilities, and seniors (for whom Medicare doesn't cover everything, particularly nursing home costs). And in a time when the "free" market still ain't providing enough jobs, working families don't need another punch to the gut. So Moms Rising helps you tell Congress to reject cuts to Medicaid.
Meanwhile, H.R. 912, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (or ACHE Act), would ban mountaintop removal coal mining until the Secretary of Health and Human Services certifies that it's safe -- which certification, given what we know of elevated levels of lung cancer and birth defects around areas where mountains have been blown up in this manner, would likely only come from a most unscrupulous HHS Secretary. And in the event a President Scott Walker does install some coal corporation crony as HHS Secretary, H.R. 912 would also require extensive NIH research on the health effects of mountaintop removal mining (since you can never really have too much science), and would mandate that HHS continue to monitor air, noise, soil, and water pollution even after permitting mountaintop removal mining to occur. So if an HHS Secretary fails to do that, they'd be breaking the law. So ignore corporate bellyaching about the "war on coal" and concentrate on the war on human health. CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the ACHE Act, and thus support better health for their constituents.
Finally, speaking of coal, the Alton Coal corporation wants to strip-mine about 2,700 football fields' worth of public land in the great state of Utah, a mere 10 miles from the Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and thus befoul the air and water around both of these national treasures. Not to mention contribute to escalating carbon emissions, at a time when we're trying to cut them. Do not brook any silliness about how Alton's planned expansion would "create jobs," partly because it won't create very many jobs -- corporations are always trying to do as much as they can with as few workers as they can get away with, and the thing most likely to get "created" by this effort is more money for Alton's CEO -- but also because Bryce Canyon and the Grand Staircase (sounds like a '70s lite-FM band, doesn't it?) already creates jobs, and brings in millions of dollars in tourist revenue and gooses up the incomes of all the folks who live nearby. So the Sierra Club helps you tell the Bureau of Land Management to deny coal-mining permits to Alton Coal.